How to Make an Unforgettable Presentation

How can one make an unforgettable presentation? Some people are born with the natural gift of giving engaging presentations. Others, however, struggle to put together one that is both engaging and memorable.

Anyone is capable of giving the best presentation, provided they take the time, effort, research, and practice. Here are some tips on how to make a presentation everyone and anyone will remember:

Know Your Target Audience

The key to the best presentation is knowing your target audience. Take the initiative to research the group you are presenting to and what will appeal to them. It will help you decide how and what to prepare for your presentation, including; content, tone, language, and visual aids. Audiences are sure to relate and remember the issue or topic presented by the end of the presentation.

Research About Your Chosen Topic

Take the time to research your topic thoroughly. Audiences can tell if you are trying to present fluff and poorly-researched content or not. Using compelling and well-researched content can help presenters of any skill level to win over their audience. It also increases and builds confidence in delivering your message and answering tough questions.

Remember to communicate your presentation’s information in a way everyone can understand. You want to leave audiences with information they can benefit from in the long run.

Prepare For Your Presentation

Rehearsing your presentation can make a huge difference in your performance. It builds your confidence and helps improve your existing speech.

One of the most effective ways to practice your speech is to rehearse in front of friends and family. They can give you objective critique and advice to improve your performance.

You can also practice by reading out loud in front of a mirror. It can help you figure out which words or phrases you want to emphasise in your presentation. You can also practice your voice or tone and gestures during your performance.

Break the Ice

Win your audience over with a quick ice breaker in the first thirty seconds of your presentation. How you start your presentation can affect audience engagement throughout the event.

There are a variety of methods you can use to break the ice. You can start by asking a thought-provoking question, telling a joke, or telling a compelling anecdote. Some presenters even play an exciting video or start a short but fun game. Whatever ice breaker you choose, remember that it should both increase engagement with your audience and enhance your presentation.

Be Enthusiastic

Always show enthusiasm when you give a presentation. Expressing genuine excitement as you perform on stage is an easy way to win over your audience no matter how dull the subject matter is. It also helps you engage with your audience and create an unforgettable experience.

There are different ways of showing enthusiasm during your presentation. You can smile, speak in a lively voice, make hand gestures, or even maintain eye contact.

Be Authentic

People can tell whether you are adopting a persona or are over-rehearsed. Don’t be afraid to let your best self shine through. Audiences prefer listening to genuine and authentic people rather than someone pretending to be someone they are not. They also relate better to those who look relaxed and comfortable with themselves on stage.

Keep It Short and Simple

Presentations, on average, usually only take around twenty minutes. Make good use of your time by keeping things as quick and concise as possible. Formulate a strong, clear statement about one theme or topic and support it with relevant facts and information. 

Use visuals aids to make it easier for your audience to follow along. You can use videos, pictures, or other graphics to support your talk.

Tell A Relevant Stories

Spice up your presentation by telling short but relevant stories to your audience. Stories are an excellent way to change the pace and add some variety to your talk. It’s also a great way to catch people’s attention. Or, even treat the entire presentation as a story, with a beginning, middle and end.

Make your audience feel like they are part of the story. Use the right words and descriptions to give them a clear picture of what transpired. Don’t forget to relate it back to your presentation’s main topic or theme. It is a great way to make your presentation more memorable to the audience.

End On A Strong Note

With just a few seconds left on the clock, you have to make it count. A powerful conclusion will create a lasting impression on audiences. You can do that with a thought-provoking statement or questions people will think about for a long time.

Another way to make your presentation memorable is by inspiring audiences to take action. Use a compelling call to action or CTA statement to point them in the right direction and inspire others to join.

Giving a presentation is a challenge to even the most experienced presenters. Though you might not be a natural-born public speaker, these tips and tricks will help you give a presentation people will remember for a long time.

So, to sum up:

  • Study up and think about relevant information for your audience
  • Start with a BANG
  • Practise beforehand, but don’t be something you’re not
  • Think of the presentation as a story
  • Have a memorable ending

But, what do you think? Any techniques or tricks we’ve missed out on? What’s helped you kill those butterflies and give an amazing presentation? Let us know in the comments below.